Pages UnBound and Linda Leith Publishing invites you to join us on September 16 at 7pm at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, for a celebration of Claremont, the debut novel by Wiebke von Carolsfeld. As well as reading from her new book Wiebke will be joined by filmmaker and professor John Greyson for what is sure to be an entertaining and enlightening discussion. The acclaimed singer-songwriter Sigrún Stella will perform a short set of her own compositions to punctuate the evening.
”This lovely, gripping novel, with its sense of wonder and horror about the adult world, has a Spielberg-ian quality. It is a resonant tale about a child's loss of innocence, the terrible fracturing of a family and the purifying path to healing and reconciliation. Claremont is also an enormously impressive city-specific novel. Rarely has one funky part of Toronto been so brilliantly brought to life.“
—John Doyle, Globe and Mail columnist and bestselling author.
Wiebke von Carolsfeld is a writer and filmmaker based in Montreal (although she once lived on Claremont Street in Toronto). She has directed three critically acclaimed feature films (Marion Bridge, Stay, The Saver), winning numerous awards. She is a renowned feature film editor and has taught classes internationally on screenwriting, filmmaking, and the creative process. Claremont is her first novel.
John Greyson is a Toronto film/video artist whose shorts, features and new media works include Murder in Passing, Fig Trees, Proteus, Lilies, Zero Patience and Urinal. He teaches film at York.
Sigrún Stella is an Icelandic/Canadian singer-songwriter. She has her feet planted firmly in both countries but retains a special fondness for her distinct native culture. She has opened up for such acts as Of Monsters and Men, Lay Low, Kinnie Starr, and Svavar Knútur and has achieved extensive radio airplay in Iceland. She has also placed songs in feature films, including The Saver (directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld).
How to survive the unthinkable? This is the question nine-year-old Tom has to face after witnessing his parent’s murder-suicide. After the horrific event, Tom refuses to speak. At first, he moves in with his childless Aunt Sonya, but she is ill equipped to deal with the traumatized boy. Before long, Tom is forced to move again, this time to Claremont Street in downtown Toronto, where he shares a run-down house with his mercurial Aunt Rose and his reckless yet endearing Uncle Will. As the seasons change, Tom’s silence becomes a powerful presence, allowing this fractured family to hear one another for the first time &emdash; and for Tom to finally find a home. Claremont is a gripping story of one family’s journey through grief and toward healing.